Pushpashrama Rejoices at the Resurrection of the Lord​​
‘Life has vanquished death, darkness is chased by light, Rejoice then, O people, for from sin’s blindness you have been given pure sight’

As the world was plunged in darkness, a little light shimmered in the iron vessel. The fire soon broke into a mighty flame, which bathed the wood in heat. Then remained those glistening charcoals, which with the sweet contact with the fragrance, produced the heavenly aroma of the smell untold. If you are wondering what this might be, to cut the long story, this is the description of the scene that took place in the portico of Pushpashrama on the Easter night. The flame of the blessed fire lit the paschal candle which was carried by Fr. Lawrence D’ Mello to the altar. As he walked in the aisle, the words “This is the Light of Christ”, resounded in the church, thus initiating the Easter vigil mass. Fr. Augustine with his melodious voice pitched the exultet. The Solemn mass was celebrated by Fr. John Lobo and a meaningful homily was preached by Fr. Augustine. After renewing our baptismal vows, all the Carmelites of Pushpashrama renewed their monastic vows. The holy water was blessed by Fr. Oswald Crasta and the Resurrection of Jesus was artistically displayed in the wake of the sound of thunder and sudden flashes of light. The vigil mass which began at 9:30 PM came to an end at 11:40 PM after which the people were entertained with ‘American Housie’ game conducted by Fr. Joy Francis and Br Prithesh. The Easter joy was shared with the people by distributing cakes and coffee.

The Easter day mass was held once again on Sunday morning at 8: 00 AM which was presided and preached by Fr. Lawrence D’Mello. People who could not make it to the vigil mass were glad to come on the Sunday mass to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with great joy and jubilation.

 

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